With his place in guitar history firmly established, Yngwie's neo-classical compositions fuel the ears of fans and the ambitions of aspiring guitarists worldwide with such powerhouse classic albums as Marching Out, Trilogy, Odyssey, Live in Leningrad / Trial By Fire (gold-selling concert video of Yngwie’s 1989 sold-out concerts in Moscow and Leningrad), Fire & Ice (which debuted in Japan at #1 and sold over 100,000 copies on the day of its release).
For more than thirty years Living Colour have created, recorded and performed their own brand of heavy rock that draws as much inspiration from yesteryear soul men and rock gods as they do from post-bop jazz and boulevard shaking hip-hop. Founded by guitarist Vernon Reid back when he was still a dreadlocked sideman with Ronald Shannon Jackson and other East Village noise ensembles, Living Colour includes vocalist Corey Glover, drummer Will Calhoun and bassist Doug Wimbish.'Shade,' their first album since the critically acclaimed 'The Chair in the Doorway' in 2009, is Living Colour at the height of their creative powers, still experimenting as though they were upstarts instead of seasoned veterans. While the blues served as the foundation for the collection, one shouldn't expect to hear the "down-home" style that was once the soundtrack of sharecroppers and southern juke joints before the music rode the rails north during the Great Migration. Living Colour's blues incorporate a myriad of influences, while speaking to the politically-charged climate of the times. The band gave fans a sneak peak of the recording in Fall 2016 when they dropped a reimagined take on The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Who Shot Ya?" in protest of ongoing gun violence and racial profiling. Billboard Magazine wrote of the first single: ”The stuttering, thumping ‘Come On’ came early in the 'Shade' process, and as the track progressed, its lyrics, like many others on the album, swung to embrace the charged tenor of the times. Let me know if this is too long and ends up being less than aesthetically pleasing. It can be shortened.
Festival-storming trio Highly Suspect returned with second album The Boy Who Died Wolf on November 18th, 2016. The moving, jubilant LP from the Brooklyn alt-renegades follows two Top 10 Mainstream Rock hits ("Lydia," "Bloodfeather") and two Grammy nominations (Best Rock Son, Best Rock Album) just one year from the release of their 300 Entertainment debut, 2015's Mister Asylum. For the follow-up, the band — Johnny Stevens (guitar/vocals), and fraternal twin brother rhythm section Rich (bass/vocals) and Ryan Meyer (drums/vocals) — are reappearing stronger, livelier and more mature. The effort earned the boys a third Grammy nominated for “My Name Is Human” (Best Rock Song.)
Daley first became prominent after co-writing and featuring on the Gorillaz hit ‘Doncamatic’ under the wing of the band's creator Damon Albarn in London. He has since become one of the UK's most respected musical exports, recording and touring on both sides of the Atlantic and working with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Miguel, Jessie J, Emeli Sande, Maxwell, Jill Scott and Marsha Ambrosius. Currently adding the final touches to his second album project, drawing on experiences both professional and personal over the last two years including the loss of close friend and manager Richard Antwi, Daley is poised to open the door on the next chapter of his musical journey with renewed inspiration... and eagerly awaited new music.
A dubstep producer and vocalist irreverent enough to pen a tune called "Act Like a Ho" ("but first do the dishes"), Israeli producer Asaf Borger, aka Borgore, creates a brash, aggressive form of metal-influenced EDM that he refers to as "gorestep."
ISSUES broke big by infusing their metal-punk hybrid with pop-perfect melodies and the heavy rhythms of hip-hop and R&B. On follow-up album Headspace, the Atlanta-based band takes that genre-bending to a bold new level, pushing further into their kaleidoscopic influences to carve out a sound that’s fiercely inventive and deeply infectious.
Reveling in splatter-horror imagery in their often indecipherable lyrics, the group's graphic album artwork and song titles like "Meat Hook Sodomy," "Entrails Ripped from a Virgin's Cunt," "Fucked with a Knife," and so on, have -- not surprisingly -- attracted a fair amount of controversy and sometimes resulted in their albums being banned. However, their over the top extremity has won them a rabid cult following and made them one of the most popular death metal bands of the '90s; sticking with what works, the band didn't alter or develop its style much over the decade, although fans didn't seem to mind.
The Stooges, the Ramones, Einstürzende Neubauten, The Shangri-Las: an eclectic range of influences for sure, and one that inspired brothers Jim and William Reid as The Jesus and Mary Chain emerged from Lanarkshire, Scotland, to become one of the most influential bands of their era. What followed was a rush of creativity and controversy in which the power of their music – most strikingly the landmark debut ‘Psychocandy’ – was matched by the volatility of their relationship. Their journey sparked a wider influence. Not only did their success help Alan McGee’s Creation Records to flourish into the home of Britain’s most critically acclaimed bands from My Bloody Valentine to Oasis to Super Furry Animals, but early drummer Bobby Gillespie made history of his own with Primal Scream.
Saxophonist Kim Waters has made a career of writing timeless anthems with insatiable grooves, undeniable hooks and memorable melodies that combine the best of jazz, R&B, funk and soul. Kayla Waters, a classically trained child who grew up in a jazz household, is no stranger to the music world. As the daughter of Kim Waters, international smooth jazz icon, Kayla closely observed the inner workings and processes of the music industry. She has performed with him at renowned concerts and jazz festivals worldwide. Collectively, these experiences nurtured her inner artistry, and served as critical preparation for Kayla’s evolution as an emerging composer and songwriter.
Born and bred in New Orleans, R&B star August Alsina is eager to follow in the footsteps of the NOLA music legends that paved his way. After a set of personal setbacks and a series of YouTube covers that generated millions of views, Alsina signed with Def Jam Recordings in 2007. Proving to be a step in the right direction, he released his first album Testimony in 2014 debuting at number 2 on the Billboard 200. The album featured hit singles “I Luv This Shit”, featuring Trinidad James and “No Love”, featuring Nicki Minaj. The same year, he was named “Best New Artist” at the BET Awards. His 2015 sophomore album, This Thing Called Life also debuted in the top 20 and featured “Hip Hop”, which has become Alsina’s most successful single to date. With a lifetime of experiences behind him, and living proof that your past does not dictate your future, August is gearing up to release his third album with Def Jam Recordings due early 2017.
Slander includes California natives Derek Andersen and Scott Land. The duo mainly produces trap music — or as they like to call it, “trapstyle.” From “heaven trap” to downright and dirty festival-style bangers, Slander has been throwing down constantly, and they’re showing no sign of slowing down any time soon. From their heavenly remix of Above & Beyond’s “Love Is Not Enough,” to the banging facelift they gave Showtek’s “We Like To Party,” Slander are relentlessly vicious when it comes to their music, consistently pushing out amazing tunes time and time again.
Leela James: Leela James speaks the truth. Never mind hype or spectacle. The acclaimed recording artist appreciates the eternal qualities of an undeniable star — raw talent, musical substance and an authentic voice that’s timeless.Ms. James first burst onto the scene with her 2006 debut album A Change is Gonna Come, introducing audiences to her considerable vocal chops and garnering nominations for Outstanding New Artist at the NAACP Image Awards and Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist of 2008 at the Soul Train Music Awards. James has gone on to record three subsequent albums including My Soul, which reached #7 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Albums Chart and #37 on the Billboard 200 chart, and earned acclaim from critics for her songwriting skills.
Tank: While making his seventh full-length album, SLP2 [R&B Money/Atlantic Records], Tank posed a crucial question. “What does cutting edge R&B sound like in 2016?” he asks. He answered that question by crafting the long-awaited sequel to his influential 2007 opus, Sex, Love & Pain. That album not only provided a blueprint for the likes of Chris Brown, Trey Songz, and more, but it also debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and earned a Grammy Award nomination for “Best R&B Album,” while its #1 single “Please Don’t Go” became nominated for “Best R&B Male Vocal Performance.” Following 2014’s Stronger, Tank once again captured a creative spirit that resembled the process behind his seminal third body of work. Tank continues to make an impact as a songwriter, leaving his mark on pop culture at large. His writing credits include songs for everybody from Jamie Foxx, Pitbull, Aaliyah, and Beyoncé to Trevor Jackson and Adrian Marcel.
Singer-guitarist Daniel Ash and drummer Kevin Haskins, who spent large swaths of the 80's and 90's performing together in the seminal acts Bauhaus, Tones on Tail and Love and Rockets have reunited to form a new band called #Poptone with Haskins' daughter Diva from BlackBlack. Poptone will perform the music from their three classic bands on tour in the U.S. this summer.
Hollywood Undead hail (unsurprisingly) from the streets of Hollywood, California, mixing brash hip-hop, rock, and minor metalcore touches with cocky posturing and thug attitudes. Owing much of their popularity and exposure to the social networking monster MySpace, the group -- whose members usually wear masks on-stage -- started as the musical project of J-Dog and Tha Producer in June 2005. The band's hotly anticipated fourth studio album, Day of the Dead, arrived in March 2015, and was preceded by the singles "Usual Suspects," "Gravity," "How We Roll," and the explosive title cut.
‘SNAILS’ is a Montreal-based producer and DJ who pushes a forward-thinking brand of dance music combining hip-hop rhythms, dirty bass lines and off-kilter sound design. A member of the Kannibalen Records family, Snails released his first tracks in 2012. Since then he has amassed a burgeoning fanbase of snail-heads and bass-lovers from all over. His latest original tracks that have all gone viral, “Dirty Raxxx”, “KRMT” and “SLUGZ” blend hypnotic melodies, huge drops and mind-bending sample manipulation into a tight, dance-floor friendly package. With heavyweights like Skrillex, Diplo, Datsik, Excision, Flosstradamus and many more supporting his fresh new sound, Snails looks primed to bring his unique take on dance and bass music to the world.
His mass appeal continues to grow drawing vibrant, diverse, multi-generational crowds to his shows at the world’s most prominent festivals such as Coachella, Glastonbury, Fuji Rock, Bonnaroo and Primavera. A prominent journalist recently summed it up best when he wrote “in a millennium largely absent of anything new or captivating in the jazz idiom, Washington has just unleashed a musical hydra grounded in respect and intimate knowledge of the past and striking far out into a hopeful future.” Next up for Washington is the highly anticipated Harmony of Difference EP, due for release this Fall and his sophomore album slated for 2018.
Smith & Myers is an acoustic side project from Shinedown frontman Brent Smith and guitarist Zach Myers. The project was born when the Florida band's marketing rep at Atlantic Records suggested they hold a contest online where fans would submit songs they'd like to hear the band cover acoustically. They received a huge response, eventually whittling down the submissions to an initial six, with four more to be revealed at a later date. Accompanied by YouTube videos of the two musicians performing each song, the (Acoustic Sessions) EP was released in early 2014 under the name Smith & Myers. Some of the songs included in the project are the Clash's "London Calling," Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters," and Soul Asylum's "Runaway Train."
Playing as many as 175 shows per year, Greensky Bluegrass have graduated to headlining status at some of the country's most iconic venues, selling out amphitheaters like Red Rocks and world-class auditoriums like the Ryman. They've become a regular name on the festival circuit, too, adding Bonnaroo, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Austin City Limits, Forecastle, and Outside Lands to their touring schedule. Supported by a grassroots audience whose members often travel for hours to see the band, Greensky Bluegrass are still a proudly independent act, enjoying the success of a major-label act — including a Number One debut on the Billboard Bluegrass chart for their fifth album, 2014's If Sorrows Swim — without giving up complete control of their own business.
Every time August Burns Red record an album, the GRAMMY® Award-nominated Pennsylvania quintet—John “JB” Brubaker [lead guitar], Brent Rambler [rhythm guitar], Matt Greiner [drums], Jake Luhrs [lead vocals], and Dustin Davidson [bass]—push themselves harder, raze expectations, and reach a new level. It’s why they’ve become a heavy music torchbearer. In 2015, Found In Far Away Places marked their second consecutive Top 10 debut on the Billboard Top 200. The single “Identity” notched a GRAMMY® Award nod in the category of “Best Metal Performance.” A streaming juggernaut, both “Identity” and “Ghosts” [feat. Jeremy McKinnon] crossed the 3-million mark on Spotify. When it came time to record their eighth full-length Phantom Anthem, the game didn’t change. The musicians put their heads down and rallied around the same shared goal, upping the ante across the board. The musical equivalent of a clenched fist haymaker, the grooves hit harder, the hooks blaze brighter, and the instrumentation ignites even more intricacy as evidenced by lead singles “Invisible Enemy” and “The Frost.”